Apr 16, 2008

Strawberry Jam

Rosie from "Rosie Bakes 'A Peace Of Cake'" is hosting a preserves blogging event called "Putting Up" originated by Pixie at You Say Tomahto, I Say Tomayto. I decided to make small batch of strawberry jam because they are in peek of season right now,I bought 5lbs of fresh berries on Sunday for just 3$.After searched long and hard I found this recipe for making jam without using a pectin. I’ve never made jam before and it turned out pretty good. Very simple to make with few ingredients yet so wonderful.


INGREDIENTS:

Fresh Sliced strawberry - 3cups
Sugar - 1cup
Lemon juice - 1/4cup
Butter - 2tsp

METHOD:

In a medium bowl add the strawberries, sprinkle over all of the sugar and place it in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge, bring this mixture to boil in thick pan and allow the sugar to dissolve. Turn down the heat to keep the mixture boiling but watch it carefully as it will bubble up and, if the heat is too high, boil over. If that happens it will become sticky consistency.

Cook for 8-10 mins.Now add the butter,lemon juice and the mixture needs to be cooked till it reaches the jam consistency.


Testing for 'jam consistency' is very important in jam making process. Keep a metal tablespoon sitting in a glass of ice water, then take a half spoonful of the mix and let it cool to room temperature on the spoon. If it starts flowing then the jam is not ready yet. If it doesn’t move, then it is ready, remove from heat immediately.

Now pour the jam into the airtight jar (I bought from IKEA) and close tightly. Another important step is 'process the jars in the boiling water bath'. Putting the jars in the boiling water bath REALLY helps to reduce spoilage. Keep the jars covered with at least 1 inch of water and boil them for 10 mins.

Lift the jars out of the water and let them cool without touching or bumping them in a dry place.Once cooled, they're ready to store. Will store in a cool dry place for almost a year.


For video: see here.

31 comments:

Cham said...

Jelly are yum :) Wonderful recipe without pectin Dear.Great entry too...

Mythreyee said...

That is a cool recipe. Though it's shelf life is a year, it will be over in just a few days. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

ranji said...

i love this jam!!!my favourite flavor!!great entry!!!:)was thinking of preparing jam myself..will do that soon:)

Rose said...

Hi Dhivya,

First time over to your lovely blog. Such gorgeous photos and I'm so pleased you entered and made your first Jam. The video is sure to be very helpful for many beginners, including myself.

Thanks!

Pixie

Divya Vikram said...

Dhivya..Was waiting for u to post ur jam recipe..romba super a irukku..I would definitely finish it in a week and wouldnt come up to a year..You rock Dhiv:)

Rina said...

Dhivya, I like straw berry...infact that is the only jam i use it at home. Thanke for sharing the recipe yaar.

Swati Raman Garg said...

jam jam jammy... u made jam youself.. never thot of trying it... you guys are so inspiring... thanks for visiting... am regular to ur page.. love ur pics.. :)

Kalai said...

Gorgeous jam, Dhivya! And to think... I have a container of strawberries in the fridge right now. :)

mitr_bayarea said...

Dhivya-

The strawberry jam looks yummy, nice preparation photos. Can use red raspberry in the samw recipe.

Uma said...

wow, the jam is so good, Dhivya! You made it like a pro. Good one. Nice entry.

Pearlsofeast said...

Dhivya, Hey I was looking for that recipe, Wow yours look perfect.I also wanted to make that.Well now I will refer your method. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly Mahoney said...

Mmm, great recipe. Can't wait until it's warm enough to grow things outdoors here!

Saswati said...

Thats a perfect looking jam that too without pectin...gr8

sunita said...

Home made jams are the best..your's looks lovely...I made some last year in the microwave, and yes, without the pectin :-)

Siri said...

Love the color of the Jam Dhivya. Great Job!! and thanks for the video link.

Siri

Trupti said...

hey Dhivya, strawberry jam looks soooo...yuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmyyy. I love this jam. Thanks for sharing this recipe & tips

Divya said...

Wow great recipe...Thanks for sharing

kamala said...

Amma makes perfect jam with a long process.Urs look simple and easy too.Love the pot too Dhivya

TBC said...

That's pretty impressive! and you say it's your first time!
Makes me almost want to try my hand at it.:-)

Daily Meals said...

Love the jam...Nice entry...

solai said...

Wow,looks yummy dhivya.want to really try this.But here we deont get strawberries.

vidyaa said...

Hi divya,Happy to hear from u da........and Ofcourse i remember u.......U seem to be a very good in cooking...i am yet to start learning da..so can u tell me which dish i can start with...And this weekend i am hoping to see tamil movie yaradi nee mohini...it is a long time since i saw tamil movies at all........How about u?what is ur plan for the weekend...

Madhavi said...

WOW jam looks yummmmyyyy, to good:))

Rupa said...

wow..homemade jam..yummy..The jam looks perfect and the pics too..Thanks for sharing

Annu said...

Amazing dear.Thats a very wonderful entry,keep rocking:-)........

Cynthia said...

You make me want to go make bread so that I could have some of that jam!

Sagari said...

Jam looks soooooooo yummy divyaaaa,no doubt u are a great cook

Rosie said...

Hi Dhivya,

Sorry I am a little late in posting a comment, I've had guests staying and trying to play catch up this weekend!

Thank you SO much for taking part in this event :D Your photo's are stunning and what gorgeous jam!!! Love the vid too :) Many thanks once again!!

Rosie x

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Jam sounds just YUMMY Dhivya...I can't see the pictures for some reason; reading all the comments have made quite desperate to see the pictures! Must be really delicious!!

Dhivya said...

Thanks u very much friends for ur comments

Roopa said...

this really looks like store bought jam !! wow ! I wish I was staying nearby your place :(